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Willenhall Town


Gornal Athletic

WMRL Division One Saturday 26 August @ 3:00 pm

The Lockmen lost their heads somewhat as inept officials riled them when they really should have concentrated on their own games.

A quiet opening burst into life when The Peacocks burst down the right and when the cross came over, Liam Hickman netted. The visitors then saw an effort hit the bar on eight minutes before Declan Haire did well to touch a low 14th minute free-kick around the post. The Lockmen forced a corner on 18 minutes which came to nothing before a 20th minute free-kick from Jake Sharman finally tested the hands of Gornal keeper Steve Cartwright. The visitors had a very hopeful handball shout for a penalty on 22 minutes which brought another flag-kick. Gornal then saw a bobbling shot hit a post on 28 minutes. Two more corners followed on 36 minutes but were dealt with before The Peacocks stretched their lead three minutes into stoppage-time when Declan Haire let a shot slip from his grasp and the follow-up was touched home by Hickman.

The visitors started where they left off when a cross-shot bounced off the bar on 49 minutes before two shots were blocked in a goalmouth scramble on 52 minutes, from which a wasted corner was the only reward as Tom Beech headed wide. Two minutes later and the visitors exploded into life when awarded a penalty for a tackle from behind, skipper Ryan Downing saw his fierce penalty brilliantly saved, but Jake Sharman lashed home the rebound via the underside of the bar. Gornal won a corner on 57 minutes before stretching their lead two minutes later when Hickman finished unmarked at the far post after a break down the right saw the ball crossed to the far post. Matt Foster almost converted on 61 minutes after he nearly got on the end of a ball in from the left. Sixty seconds later and the slope of the pitch probably cost The Lockmen a goal. Ryan Dillon stormed down the right and poked the ball beyond the goalkeeper but the ball was cleared as it trickled uphill towards goal. From the ensuing scramble both Geovannie Shaw and Dillon saw shots scrambled clear. Any chance of winning were eextinguished for The Lockmen when the referee gave yet another poor decision against them and three times Ryan Hughes asked what the decision was for. The official refused to answer before brandishing a yellow card before quickly awarding a second card for a comment made. The bench erupted and in the ensuing disagreement, half-time sub Ashley Challender-Campbell was dismissed from the bench when he reacted badly to an inappropriate comment from one of the assistants. The Lockmen calmed down and Gornal saw the game out, though they were suddenly upset by a string of decisions that were going against them, the majority as mystifying as those that had gone before them.

Willenhall Town 1 - 3 Gornal Athletic

  • Saturday 26 August 2017 @ 3:00 pm
  • WMRL Division One 
Daniel Hartland Benjamin Jobborn
Ross Fox Ashley Challender-Campbell
Dominic Wills
Yusuf Esmail
Benjamin Brazier

Previous meetings

09 Aug 14 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Gornal Athletic 2 - 2
23 Dec 14 7:45 pm WMRL Premier Gornal Athletic v Willenhall Town 2 - 1
28 Apr 15 7:45 pm Midweek Floodlit Gornal Athletic v Willenhall Town 0 - 0
26 Sep 15 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Gornal Athletic 2 - 0
27 Feb 16 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Gornal Athletic v Willenhall Town 4 - 1
13 Aug 16 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Willenhall Town v Gornal Athletic 4 - 2
08 Oct 16 3:00 pm WMRL Premier Gornal Athletic v Willenhall Town 0 - 3
26 Aug 17 3:00 pm WMRL DIV1 Willenhall Town v Gornal Athletic 1 - 3
11 Nov 17 3:00 pm WMRL DIV1 Gornal Athletic v Willenhall Town 1 - 0